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Spray Painting Wicker Chairs

Listed under Blog, hand-painted furniture, Ron Taylor, spray painting, tikkurila Posted Sep 29 2014

Ron Taylor was recently asked about spray painting wicker chairs.

Spraying is really the only way to to paint something like this. It is possible with a brush but it would be very time consuming and the finish wouldn’t be consistent.

How to colour match to a piece of wicker?

The customer had a sample piece of wicker in the colour she required. The best solution, I sent it off to Holman Paints so they could match it. When the sample paint came back the match was exact to the wicker piece. (They can match bits of plastic and fabric too)


The chairs were cleaned down as well as possible, given the intricate nature of the wicker, with a light spray of Krud Kutter Original and water. Not too much of either, as I didn’t want to get the bare wicker on the inside weave wet. Then a thorough sand of the exterior with Mirka Goldflex and a vac off with the Henry on full power.

I was initally going to use Tikkurila Otex as a primer but have recently been getting great results through HVLP with shellac primers like Zinsser BIN and Mathys Isofix so I went with the extra, instant adhesion of tinted BIN.

wicker chair sprayed with Zinsser BIN

The BIN sprayed great and had the added advantage that the chairs could be handled after a very short period of time. It’s easy with shellac to spray coat on coat without much fear of runs.

The topcoats were Tikkurilla Hemi Semi-Matt, thinned very slightly with water.

I had initially intended to apply the finish by airless spray to force paint into the grooves. But decided that the HVLP had done an excellent job with the primer and it would be fine with the topcoats, and so it proved.

spray painted wicker chairs

Ron taylor hand painted kitchens warwickshireRon Taylor, a specialist painter and decorator based in Kenilworth, is the Traditional Painter responsible for hand painted kitchens throughout Warwickshire.

Ron is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the specification and application of water based and waterborne paints.


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  1. says:

    Sometimes spraying is the only option. I really wouldn’t of liked to have painted these chairs by brush, I certainly wouldn’t of been able to achieve such a great finish and nowhere near as quickly!

  2. Name: Ross Hutchison
    Subject: Spraying Bin

    Hi Ron, nice little article. I have been trying lots of different paints and techniques with my spray gun also hvlp. I have tried to duck away from sticky paints like bin - how do you keep the gun clean? I am finding water based primers rubbish because they are not sticky enough!

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